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TV Notes: Local fraud case to air on 'Dateline'

Thursday, January 10, 2002

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

It was back in May when "Dateline NBC" announced plans to air a report on the case of W. Michael Altman, who is accused of bilking a West Mifflin congregation out of hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The story never ran and has been sitting on the shelf since then. Now it's set to air Friday at 9 p.m. District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. and Post-Gazette staff writer Steve Levin were among the locals interviewed. Although NBC says the story is a go, it always could be bumped by a major international or national story.

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